Let the good times roll for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Published 11:21 pm Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is always a fun time for the bowlers who come out to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. This signature event for the organization brings out the best in the community, with businesses and individuals stepping up as sponsors, team members contributing through raising pledges, area businesses and artists donating door prizes, and volunteers running the show. This annual fundraiser provides substantial support for maintaining mentoring services for area children.


Once again, Becky Kennedy of the Polk County Democrats’ “The Bowled and the Beautiful” team set the bar out of reach of any other contenders. Kennedy has consistently raised the most pledges annually, bringing in more than $3,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2015, while her team members contributed a healthy sum as well. Kennedy’s method is to ask practically everyone she knows to donate for the cause, and apparently she has magnetic appeal.

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Other top donations were generated by Judy Arledge, Big Brother Dan Dworkin, and Big Brother Ernie Giannini whose Kiwanis team included members from the Polk County High School Key Club.


Attending with his Big Brother Bob Montgomery, Little Brother Michael won the award for the most pledges generated in the youth category.


Also appreciated for their generosity were Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake: Terry Ackerman, financial advisor; Strike Sponsors: CooperRiis and Roger & Jennifer Smith; Pin Sponsors: Rob Fuller, Lichty Guitars, Morning Glory Farm and A. Bailey Nager, attorney at law; Team Sponsors: John and Cindy Boyle of Wells Fargo Advisors in Landrum, Becky Kennedy and the Polk County Democratic Women, Kiwanis Club of Tryon, Digit and Beth Laughridge and Musselwhite Electric. In addition there were numerous sponsors, pledgers, door prize donors and volunteers who all contributed to the success of Bowl for Kids’ Sake. 


-Submitted by Karen Dacey